equipment list for nws camping trips

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EQUIPMENT LIST FOR NORTHWEST SCHOOL CAMPING TRIPS
Plan for cold, wet, windy weather. and hope for sun! ! ! !
TEN ESSENTIALS (to be brought on every wilderness outing)
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Navigation (map & compass; map to be supplied by trip leaders)
Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing)
Illumination (headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries and bulb)
First-aid supplies (for personal use: band-aids, Tylenol, etc.)
[The trip leaders should have a record of any required medications.]
Fire starting supplies (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
Repair kit and tools (pocket knife, etc.)
Nutrition (extra food)
Hydration (extra water)
Emergency Shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
Also recommended: Whistle, for emergency use only.
FOOD EQUIPMENT
[Menus will be arranged at the school by food groups of 4 to 8 students.]
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Stove and fuel – one set per food group.
Cooking utensils, to be tailored to the menu and group.
Drinking cup
Pot gripper
Eating utensils
Bag for food and 30 feet of rope for hanging it up.
Water bottle(s), 2 quart minimum.
Spice kit/seasonings
Pot scrubber and biodegradable soap.
SHELTER EQUIPMENT
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Tent, backpacking type. [Some are available through school.]
Ground cloth to go beneath tent.
Sleeping bag [Keep it dry! Use stuff sack lined with plastic garbage bag.]
Sleeping pad (for insulation from the ground).
Dining fly or tarp to provide covered cooking/eating area.
Backpack or day pack, depending upon the nature of the trip.
CLOTHING EQUIPMENT
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Comfortable hiking or walking shoes, depending on terrain.
Socks, either pile or wool. [Bring at least 2 extra pairs.]
Long underwear, preferably synthetic, silk, or wool.
Long pants, loose fitting. [Lightweight synthetic or cotton; wool or pile in
colder weather.]
Shirts or turtle necks. [Wool and pile are best; have at least two to utilize the
layer system.]
Wool sweater or pile jacket.
Rain jacket and pants or chaps.
Gloves or mittens, and a hat. [Wool and pile are best.]
Shorts
T shirt
(see other side)
MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT
[Although these items are listed last, they are not really optional.]
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Insect repellent
Handkerchief/bandana
Toilet paper
Personal toiletries (toothpaste and brush, washcloth, etc.)
Garbage bags (these can double as pack covers . . . )
Watch
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm.
ACCESSORIES THAT ARE OPTIONAL BUT NICE TO HAVE
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Closed cell foam (e.g., ensolite) sit pad.
Binoculars and/or magnifying glass.
Camera with film and flash.
Towel and washcloth
Water filter (as back-up to boiling and/or treating the water)
[NB: Trip leaders will tell each hiking group whether they need a filter or two.]
Pen or pencil and paper (e.g., 4 x 5 size)
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